For the record in case anyone is wondering.
No current computer consumer audio solutions include on board amplifiers and they are all meant to be used with powered speakers or low impedance headphones from radio shack or best buy. They output the very minimum power signal to run those devices with decent quality. Much the same as a sony discman.
The itsy bitsy spider climbed up the empires state building, along came goblin, wiped the spider out<P ID="edit"><FONT SIZE=-1><EM>Edited by williamc on 09/24/02 03:15 PM.</EM></FONT></P>